Wedding excesses of the Celtic Tiger era
9 December, 2010
Today’s Irish Times has a vox pop with various people, including a woman whose wedding cost €70,000 in 2008.
As the Budget cuts hit the headlines, shoppers spare a moment to share their feelings ….. [A. M.], who is expecting her second child in January, is taking a rest on a bench in the Jervis shopping centre. “How will the cuts affect me? Where do I begin?” the former chef says wryly. Two years ago, she had a €70,000 wedding at Carton House in Co Kildare, and [she] and her husband bought a house in Ringsend for €420,000. They remortgaged it soon after “to pay for new doors and windows”, and bought a new jeep, which then got hit with VRT. Since then, her husband has lost his job as a high-reach crane driver, and neither of them has been working for over a year.
Wow, seventy grand. That buys a lot of confetti. I suspect that this barking mad couple will be among the people who will be looking for a debt write-off on their mortgage, to be funded by injecting more of taxpayers’ money into the banks and building societies. I’ll be happy to play my part, won’t you?